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Russia to boost participation in UN peacekeeping operations

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Russia plans to increase its participation in UN-led peacekeeping operations, Russia's envoy to the UN said on Friday.
UNITED NATIONS, January 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia plans to increase its participation in UN-led peacekeeping operations, Russia's envoy to the UN said on Friday.

"We are planning to provide greater support to the UN...we are working on training and sending police units to already existing UN peacekeeping contingents, as well as training command staff for UN police units," Vitaly Churkin told a UN Security Council meeting on peacekeeping.

Russian peacekeepers are currently involved in UN operations in the Middle East, Africa, Haiti, and Kosovo.

In December, Russia deployed a 200-strong peacekeeping contingent and four Mi-8MT helicopters to central Africa to support the UN presence in Chad and the Central African Republic.

Russia also has a helicopter support group deployed in neighboring Sudan. The 120 personnel and four Mi-8 helicopters provide transport and rescue services for UN military observers.

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